Magnificent ‘Harriet’ Movie Spotlights International Heroine

Focus Features: “Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.” Critics Response. It is now available on numerous online streaming services, particularly Amazon Prime.

Here are a few things the movie got wrong about Tubman.

Little is known about John Tubman, who is portrayed in the movie as unsupportive of Harriet’s abolitionist cause of the risk it might place on his own life.

Tubman’s head injury is portrayed in the movie as a positive. But in reality, Tubman’s head injury did her more harm than good.

While Harriet was owned by the Brodess family in Southern Maryland, there is no record of a son named Gideon Brodess. The Marie Buchanan character in Philadelphia and the bounty hunter slave-catcher Bigger Long are fictionalized, or composites.

Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center, Cambridge, MD.



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